Meredith Kercher trial: Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito meet in court
The American student and Italian man who are accused of killing a British girl in her flat in Italy saw each other for the first itme since they were arrested in an Italian court today. The strange case started when Britsh girl Meredith Kercher was found in a pool of blood in the flat last November.
American student Amanda Knox has come face to face with her one-time boyfriend in an Italian court for the first time since the pair was arrested on suspicion of murdering their friend Meredith Kercher.
Knox, 21, looked stressed as she was led into the court in Perugia, the walled Umbrian hill town where Miss Kercher, 21, of Coulsdon, Surrey, was found in a pool of her own blood after a frenzied stabbing attack last November.
Knox – whom the Italian press have dubbed ‘Angel Face’ – wore a plain blue sweater and jeans as she appeared on the first day of the separate, fast track trial of the third person accused of killing Miss Kercher, Rudy Guede, 21.
She was followed a few minutes later by computer studies graduate Raffaele Sollecito, 24, with whom she had a brief relationship.
The two have been kept in separate prisons in Umbria since being arrested by Italian police in November and have not been allowed to write to each other.
Sollecito sent her flowers when she celebrated her 21st birthday in her prison cell in July.
All three accused deny sexually assaulting and murdering the Leeds University student.
Four witnesses will appear during the trial, which will be held behind closed doors: two character references for Guede, including his former teacher, a forensic expert and an Albanian man who claims he saw the three co-accused outside Miss Kercher’s house on the night she was murdered.
Guede’s lawyers will attempt to demolish the testimony of Albanian Hekuran Kokomani, who is hazy on the date on which he allegedly saw the trio.
Guede, who was born in Ivory Coast but came to Italy as a child, has admitted being in Miss Kercher’s house on the night she was killed but insists he is innocent.
He claims he emerged from the bathroom to find a man fleeing Miss Kercher’s bedroom with a knife in his hand.
Prosecutors allege that Guede, Knox and Sollecito murdered Miss Kercher during a drug-fuelled sex game which went horribly awry.
At the same time as presiding over the trial of Guede, judge Paolo Micheli will deliberate on whether there is enough evidence to send Knox and Sollecito to trial.